The Deakin Times - July 2012

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Welcome to the July 2012 issue of The Deakin Times - your monthly Alumni eNews service.

This month read about Deakin’s recent LIVE the future Strategic Plan launch, find out how earthquakes can impact upon democracy, read about Deakin’s ground breaking research into storing renewable energy and hear Economics Novel Prize winner Professor Dale Mortensen’s address to the 2012 Econometric Society Australasian Meeting held recently in Melbourne.

For Alumni living in or visiting the Canberra, Warrnambool and Perth areas we have some fun and interesting professional development seminars over the next month and find out below how you can ‘Hangout’ with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

On behalf of the entire Deakin community, we also wish all 15 of Deakin’s student and Alumni Olympians every success at the London Games and hope that you can bring home the gold!

Lastly don’t forget to update your contact details online before 7 August to be able to enter our Alumni iPad Competition.

Best wishes

Alastair Lee
Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community news

Deakin Alumni iPad Competition
Update your contact details online between now and 7 August 2012 and go into the draw to win one of two Apple iPad 2 products. If you have family and friends who also worked at or graduated from Deakin and who aren’t current members encourage them to sign up today and they too can go into the draw. For more information, visit Deakin Alumni iPad Competition.

Deakin Olympians
Our best wishes and congratulations to the following Deakin Alumni and students who will compete at the upcoming London Olympic Games including Alumni: Richard Colman OAM - athletics; Tom Gibson - lightweight double sculls; Pauline Frasca - rowing quadruple scull; Henry Frayne – athletics; Kaila McKnight -  1500m; Craig Mottram - 5000m; Elizabeth Patrick - women’s rowing eight; Glenn Warfe - badminton doubles and Carli Renzi – judo.

Deakin students include:  Coby Crispin - wheelchair basketball; Madeline Hogan - javelin; Carmen Marton – taekwondo; Sam Richards - women’s basketball; Jeffrey Riseley – athletics and Rowena Webster - water polo.

Hangout with the PM – where you get to ask the questions
On 21 July 2012 commencing 11am (AEST), Deakin University, Google+, Fairfax and OurSay are hosting an Australian first: Prime Minister Julia Gillard will answer your questions in a “Google Hangout”, an internationally live web broadcast.

Want to be a part of it? Post your question for the Prime Minister on and vote for your favourite questions too. The three people who ask the most popular questions will join Prime Minister Gillard for a Hangout moderated by Fairfax political reporter Misha Schubert.

Deakin Open Days 2012
Are you are looking at undertaking further study soon? Then come along to Deakin Open Day at Geelong, Burwood or Warrnambool during August and find out about our courses, flexible study options, fees and how to apply. For more information including dates visit Deakin Open Day 2012.

Calling Social Work graduates
Did you transition to Social Work at Deakin from studies at Gordon TAFE? Deakin researchers are inviting volunteers to participate in interviews for a project investigating students’ experiences of the transition to University. Contact researcher Clare Land via email for information.

Australia China Alumni Association Awards 2012
Nominations remain open for the prestigious ACAA Awards. The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the achievements of successful China-based Alumni across a variety of fields from all Australian universities. For more details on how you can make a nomination visit ACAA 2012 Awards. Nominations close 18 July 2012.

Alumni author
Steve Stefanopoulos (2005) who with co-author, Nicholas Quinn have released With Faith and Zeal Resplendent - a 120 page, full colour, hardback pictorial history book marking the centenary of De La Salle College Malvern in Victoria. To purchase a copy visit De La Salle College.

Deakin Alumni Photo Wall
Check out all the photos taken from recent Alumni events on the Deakin Alumni Photo Wall.

MBA and Postgrad Expo
Deakin will be coming to a location near you as part of the MBA and Postgrad Expo being held around Australia. Come along and find out why Deakin is the right choice for your postgraduate study. Entry is free. Register online or upon arrival.  Visit

Geelong Young Professionals
Deakin Alumni are invited to the upcoming GYO breakfast event on 8 August 2012 to be at The Pier in Geelong. What’s on your list? will be presented by Mr Sebastian Terry from Bookings are essential by 1 August 2012. Cost is $40pp (if booked before 11 July). For more information visit GYP events 2012.

Top Deakin University news stories

Digital frontier is the way of the future for Deakin

Europe deals blow to Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

Bigger, better, cleaner, greener, rechargeable batteries for storing renewable energy

Earthquakes open window to democracy, researcher finds

Economics Nobel Prize winner addresses Melbourne conference

For more Deakin University news stories visit Deakin Newsroom.

Events – What’s coming up?
Is Happiness Good for You? – Seminar and networking evening
6.30pm-8.45pm, Tuesday 14 August 2012, Lighthouse Studio Room, Lighthouse Theatre, 185 Timor Street Warrnambool Victoria
Is too much happiness a bad thing for us? How can we find happiness in life? Join us as Deakin University’s Personal Chair in Psychology; Professor Robert Cummins takes a fascinating look at what things impact upon our happiness and wellbeing. For more information visit Warrnambool Alumni event.

RSVPs are essential by 7 August or until booked out. RSVP to

Keep the dates free…
Melbourne – 19 September 2012
Geelong – 5 December 2012
Melbourne 10 December 2012

The Art of Effective Body Language - Seminar and networking evening
6.30pm - 8.45pm, Wednesday 25 July 2012, The Canberra Room, Hyatt Hotel, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra ACT
Presented by actor and training facilitator Mr Kevin MacIssac from Paramount Training and Development, this free seminar will give you an understanding of the keys to effective communication and why body language is the secret weapon to develop a good rapport. This highly interactive and fun seminar is not to be missed! You are welcome to bring along a guest. RSVPs are essential by 18 July or until booked out.  RSVP to or PH 03 9246 8254.

The Art of Effective Body Language - Seminar and networking evening (Inaugural Perth Event)
6.30pm - 8.45pm, Tuesday 28 August 2012, Duxton 2 Room, Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Tce, Perth Western Australia
Presented by David Alssema, Director of Paramount Training and Development, this free seminar will give you an understanding of the keys to effective communication and why body language is the secret weapon to develop a good rapport. This highly interactive and fun seminar is not to be missed! You are welcome to bring along a guest. RSVPs are essential by 21 August or until booked out. RSVP to or PH 03 5227 1019.

Keep the dates free:
Sydney NSW – 10 September 2012
Hobart TAS – 22 October 2012
Brisbane QLD – 14 November 2012

Australian Alumni Singapore (AAS) 57th Anniversary Dinner
7:30pm to 11pm (cocktails from 6:45pm), Friday 24 August 2012, Orchard Hotel Ballrooms 1 & 2, Orchard Hotel Singapore
AAS turns 57 this year and is inviting Deakin Alumni to a special dinner to celebrate. The dinner will be attended by HE Mr Doug Chester, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore. Dress is formal. Ticket Price: S$100 per Person or S$1,000 per Table. RSVPs are essential by 31 July 2012. To reserve your seats visit AAS 57th Anniversary Dinner.

Visit Deakin Alumni events for details on other upcoming events.

Alumni services and benefits
Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC)
GPAC offers Deakin Alumni an exclusive opportunity to participate in the performing arts. Alumni members can access tickets to a great range of shows during GPAC’s 2012 Alcoa Theatre Season in partnership with Deakin University, as well as Shaken + Stirred shows, at up to 40% off full adult prices. Visit Deakin Alumni GPAC tickets.

Receive free Deakin Library membership for 12 months*
Deakin University Library offers discount memberships to Deakin University Alumni members, including those living overseas. *First time Alumni Library members receive the first 12-months membership free. To sign up today, visit Deakin Alumni Library membership.

Wine Direct deals for Deakin Alumni
The Deakin Alumni Community and have combined to bring you the brands you love at more than competitive prices.  Visit

Deakin Alumni have access to a huge range of services and benefits. Visit Deakin Alumni Services and Benefits for more details.

Alumni in profile
This month we catch up with a graduate carving out a successful engineering career in the USA.

Justin Waples - Bachelor of Engineering 2007

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